My computer's main files became corrupted and I had to "refresh" the system. It kept my files, but erased all of the programs. I had to even re-install Microsoft Word. So it erased my downloaded Lightroom as well.
However, all of my files are still on the computer, including the file labeled "Lightroom 5 Catalog" and 2 others like it.
My question is, how do I go about getting the program BACK onto my computer and having the program recognize that all of the pictures currently in my "Library/Pictures" folder have at one point already been imported through LR? I don't really even know what I'm talking about; I am not super techy. Maybe if I download it again it will already recognize all the files? I just want to move cautiously because I'm dealing with all the pictures of my 4 year old daughter who died last year.
Thanks for your help!
IF your files are still located on the same drive (as they were identified previously) then all you have to do is double-click on the catalog file and go to work. If the files are on a different drive name under the new configuration you might be notified that the files are missing. If that happens, all you need to do is show Lightroom where they are located now.
Yes, the files are still located in the same drive, the exact same place Lightroom put them (in Pictures in Library).
When I double-click on the catalog file, it opens up multiple folders with little white "document-looking" blank pages, and when I click on those, it open a dialog box that says "How do you want to open this type of a file (.Ircat)?" with a little box below that says "Look for an app in the store".
So I don't think my computer knows how to open them...I think I need to re-download Lightroom. I just want to make sure I'm not going to mess up the files.